Rapid virtual prototyping and a metal stack that's more designer friendly are two of the ways in which Samsung aims to build up foundry market share for its 14nm and 10nm finFET processes.
HiSilicon claims close collaboration with foundry and EDA tools partners helped speed up plans to tape out the first 16nm finFET-based design through TSMC.
For DAC 2015, Invionics set itself the challenge of developing a custom tool in 48 hours based on votes for ideas provided by visitors to the show.
Altera is using a combination of Intel's 14nm process technology and multidie packaging to boost the logic-cell count for its FPGAs, together with a superpipelining strategy to help balance area and clock speed.
TCAD specialist GSS says nanowire transistors look practical down to 5nm but that designers need to carefully explore how the wires are shaped as quantum-confinement effects take hold
Intel 14nm finFET SoC process is among the highlights of the 2015 VLSI Symposia alongside research that looks at the integration of III-V and 2D materials for future processes.
Mentor Graphics has launched Calibre xACT, a tool that uses deterministic algorithms to extract parasitics from complex finFET and other nanometer processes.
As plans crystallize to take FD-SOI down to 10nm, CEA-Leti argues that the technology can provide an alternative path to that of finFETs to get to 7nm processes and beyond.
Synopsys claims its tools have enabled 90% of finFET designs currently going into volume production
The leading EDA analyst also charts growth for RTL and IC CAD in 2014 Market Share Summary, and highlights system-driven shifts in tool evaluation.
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